The Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago region is the homeland of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation, which migrated here as early as 9,000 years ago.
Aboriginal bands speaking the Kwakwaka'wakw language constitute a significant minority and the majority in many smaller communities. They imbue the region with a rich cultural heritage and compelling recent history.
Alert Bay and the Potlatch Collection
A ferryboat ride from nearby Port McNeill, the U'mista Cultural Centre and Museum at Alert Bay ranks as one of the most important First Nations attractions in BC and in all of Canada.
Passengers discover the Aboriginal tradition of potlatch and view the Potlatch Collection, a stunning collection of ceremonial masks and regalia once outlawed in this country.